2K Games Is Pulling Its Games From NVIDIA GeForce Now

Latest major publisher to remove games from streaming service. 2K follows Bethesda and Activision in removing games from Nvidia's cloud streaming platform.

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2K Games Is Pulling Its Games From NVIDIA GeForce Now

2K Games Is Pulling Its Games From NVIDIA GeForce Now

NVIDIA is dropping even more titles from GeForce Now‘s shrinking selection of games. In a post on the company’s forum, a staff member has revealed that NVIDIA will start removing 2K games from the streaming service today. 2K’s most popular franchises include Borderlands, Civilization, BioShock and XCOM. The staff members didn’t elaborate on the situation, only telling forum posters that the games’ removal was “per publisher request” and that the company is working with 2K to “re-enable [its] games in the future.”

The lack of games comparable to Borderlands 3, Civilization 6, and three NBA 2K titles follows the very seen departures of Activision Blizzard and Bethesda Softworks in February, which took about two dozen high-profile games off the PC gaming service. Games from publishers comparable to Capcom, Rockstar Games, and Square Enix have additionally left GeForce Now, regardless of being obtainable throughout a beta interval that led to early February.

2K hasn’t replied to a request for comment, and Activision Blizzard and Bethesda haven’t yet explicitly said why they pulled their games, either. All three publishers allowed their games on GeForce Now while it was in beta, but at least in the case of Activision Blizzard, Nvidia reportedly never got permission to keep Activision Blizzard’s titles on GeForce Now after it left beta and started charging people money for it (there is still a very limited free tier of GeForce Now). Presumably, Bethesda and 2K Games had their games removed from GeForce Now for similar reasons likely due to some form of licensing dispute.

GeForce Now is a service whereby PC gamers may stream games from the cloud to computers, Android tablets or smartphones, or Nvidia’s Shield TV or Shield Portable devices. Users may only stream games they already own on another digital platform, such as Steam, Ubisoft uPlay, or the Epic Games Store. GeForce Now had been in beta since 2015, starting with support for the company’s Shield devices, before including PC platforms in 2017. The service left beta on Feb. 4.

The promise of cloud gaming services seems great: stream all your games in high fidelity over the internet without having to worry about whether or not your computer, console, or phone have the hardware to run it. But like the hard-to-track content shuffling we see on streaming services, the early days of cloud gaming have shown that similar types of licensing issues may dictate what games you can actually stream.

GeForce Now offers free one-hour trial sessions to anyone, or a membership that is free for 90 days, followed by $4.99 per month for the next nine months.

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